Though now spread over the United States, Crunch Gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment and not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch Gym's fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Truly Fit Studio was created on a whim backed by an immense amount of self-motivation and community support. Owner M. Chris Gonzalez—a fitness trainer with more than 10 years of experience—partnered with his longtime colleague Shawn Beckland hoping to founding a gym where the instructors could fully commit to the individual needs and goals of every client. Weight machines, dumbbells, heavy bags, treadmills, and spinning cycles fill the space for visitors seeking a personal workout, although the instructors also lead group fitness classes throughout the week. Focusing on everything from athletic conditioning and core work to yoga and dance-inspired Zumba, these classes provide thorough workouts in a supportive group setting.
Fútbol 5 provides soccer aficionados with three outdoor turf fields that host six-on-six games, as well as a multifunctional indoor space for soccer and volleyball. The small pitches host matches and soccer clinics, which teach male and female soccer players aged 6–13 how to properly dribble the ball, change speeds during ball possession, and perform specialty moves designed to best opposing players. Fútbol 5 entertains players before and after their games with a sports bar that has eight big-screen TVs. It also keeps kids and adults fit with Zumba and Zumbatomic classes, which blast calories with dance moves performed to Latin beats.
The Wellness Center's commitment to health extends to areas as diverse as chiropractic care, acupuncture, and group fitness classes. Under the guidance of a team of chiropractic doctors and acupuncturists, the staff combats muscle and joint pain, stress, and other health problems through physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments and 14 types of massages. Fitness programs, meanwhile, range from hatha yoga classes to outdoor boot-camp exercises that use tractor tires as fitness equipment, instead of traditional strength-training tools like dumbbells and industrial-size pickle jars.
The trainers at Best Day Fitness Studio have put as much work into their brains as their bodies. Everyone—including the massage therapists—holds a four-year degree in exercise science, which informs group classes and private sessions with each specialist's analytic expertise. Rather than simply counting reps on the sidelines or hiring a metronome to substitute, trainers strive to educate clients so they understand why and how each maneuver works. They also update an online database of articles and tutorials as supplementary reading for their clients. During classes, trainers prioritize slow and focused movements to build functional fitness and challenge participants at an appropriate pace. With extensive knowledge of anatomy and movement, they also teach lessons on minimalist running technique and provide a suite of specialized appointments for clients who seek physical rehabilitation after a stroke.